I dropped off five Mardi Gras dresses to the cleaners today and got a Dryel for the rest that can't be dry cleaned... I'm getting my nails done tonight and I plan to Mystic in the morning. Yep, Mardi Gras kicks off this Saturday and I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Don't get me wrong, I like the holidays just fine, but I LOVE MARDI GRAS! I wish I would have known earlier that you don't have to be a member of a krewe to take part in all of the Mardi Gras festivities in the SBC. In fact, if you want to find out more about Mardi Gras, make sure you come to 12th Night this Saturday at the Bossier Civic Center presented by the Krewe of Centaur and the Krewe of Gemini. It's Mardi Gras casual and all of the area krewes will be represented. They'll present the royalty from each of the krewes, have a huge 2nd line and I'll be hosting!!! Did I mention it's open bar? lol Find out more by going to the Krewe of Centaur website.

I've attached this year's calendar of Mardi Gras festivities for your perusal! If I might recommend another event for this weekend, it's Mardi Gras Mass. All of the info is listed below. I hope to see you at all of these fabulous events. With all of the different krewes in the area, there's a fit for everyone! Also, be sure to check our website for photo galleries of all the festivities!

BTW, question for you... Do you think this would be a good look for Saturday? I love it!







4th       Fri.,     Royalty Mixer, Centaur Krewe Events Center, 351 Aero Drive, 6:30 PM.

Dinner will be served, Cash Bar, dress is Mardi Gras Casual, second line

Jackets, Sashes, Crowns, and Tiaras.  , catering by the Cypress Inn.   

RSVP to Ricky Bridges at 318-393-8560 or centaurthrows@aol.com.


5th       Sat.,    Mardi Gras Mass, St. Pius X Catholic Church 4300 North Market Street, (behind

                        the old church), 9:00 AM.  King Cake and Coffee will be served after the Mass.

                        RSVP to Jean Nixon at 318-221-8662.


5th       Sat.,    12th Night Celebration, Bossier Civic Center, 6:30 PM – Midnight, Royalty Intros at

                        8:00 PM, concessions available, open bar, Mardi Gras Festive Attire, Music by

Chee Weez.  Tickets $40.00 online at www.KreweofCentaur.org, other locations to

be announced.  Hotel room blocks at the new Hilton Garden Inn, 2015 Old Minden

Road with Complimentary Shuttle running all night.  Reserve by December 21st.

Contact Susan Shofner 318-470-0006 or centaurevents@gmail.com with questions.


5th       Sat.,    Krewe of Dionysos 12th Night Celebration,  Knights of Columbus Hall Natchitoches,

                        Doors open at 7:00 PM, Food, Live Band, Beer and Setups Provided, Captains,

                        Kings & Queens Complimentary all others $30.00 at the door.


10th     Thu.,   Krewe of Sobek Wine & Cheese Reception, Multicultural Center of the South

                        520 Spring Street, Shreveport.  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  This is the kick off to a month

                        long exhibit of the history of the Krewe of Sobek.  All Krewes are invited to attend.

                        Contact Shirlel Pierson at 318-222-0132 for more information.


11th     Fri.,     Krewe of Elders Grand Bal XV “Music Legends, , details 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.,

                        American Legions Cross Lake, Attire is Black Tie Optional.  Dinner Buffett,

                        Cash Bar, 50/50 Raffle, Live Music.  Tickets $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the

                        door.  Contact Gail Cascio at 564 6581, greenwaygail@aol.com.


11th     Fri.,     Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal, “Cajun Fairy Tale”, Krewe of Centaur Den, 351 Aero Dr.

                        Doors open 7:00 PM and Tableau at 8:00 PM, Attire is Black Tie, Cash Bar,

                        Heavy hors d’oeuvres, Live Music.  Tickets $50.00.  RSVP by January 7 to

                        sewlenny@bellsouth.net or 578 So. Main, Sibley, LA  71073. Captain, King &

                        Queen complimentary.


12th     Sat.,    Krewe of Aesclepius Grand Bal XXIII, “Wild Blue Yonder”, Hoban Hall, Lindberg

Avenue, Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. (Enter through the North Gate. ID required getting on Base.) Doors open at 7:00 PM and Tableau at 8:00 PM, Attire is Formal (masking optional), Cash Bar, Music by DJ Extraordinaire. Tickets $50.00. Please RSVP by December 20th to Co-Captain Marsha Patterson at RinaKiel@aol.com or 5827 North Lakeshore Dr, Shreveport, LA 71107 or 318-210-8325 (cell) or (318) 990-5598 (work).

NOTE – We will have to provide a list of names in advance as part of the Base’s regulations. Our suggestion for the RSVP is [example] “Krewe of (Name) will have 4 people attending from the list of 6 names – King (name), Queen (name), Captain (name), King’s wife (name), alternate/substitute (name), alternate/substitute (name).” That way if there are changes in who is able to come, we already have the name on the list for the Base, and we know the number to expect for proper seating (arranging and assigning tables).


12th     Sat.,    Krewe of Artemis LAGrand Bal XI, Anything Goes!....Springhill Civic Center. Doors open

 at 6:30, Tableau at 8:00 , $45 ,advanced reservation required due to city ordinance.

Live Band, BYOB, set ups provided , Heavy Hors d'oeuvres, Attire is Formal or

Twenties Costume strongly encouraged! You'll need the Password Artemis to get into

our little SpeakEasy...expect a show! For more info contact Captain Michelle



18th     Fri.,     Krewe of Sobek Grand Bal X, Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St,

                        Shreveport.  Door open at 6:00 PM, Tableau at 8:00 PM, Attire is Formal,

                        Cash Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Music by Con Funk Shun.  Tickets $60.00.  RSVP to

                        Toni Thibeaux at tthibe@lsuhsc.edu.  


18th     Fri.,     Krewe of Justinian Grand Bal “That’s So Cool”, Horseshoe Riverdome, 6:30 PM,

                        Tableau 8:00 PM, Attire is Black Tie, Open Bar at 6:30 for a limited period of time

            and then Cash Bar, Silent Auction ends at 10:00 PM, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres.  Music

            by Lipstick Blonde from Nashville. King, Queen, Captain complimentary, tickets $75.00.


19th     Sat.,    Krewe of Sobek Parade, 1:00 PM, Queensborough neighborhood, Stage at the

                        Fair Grounds, Single Entry is $45.00, motor and riding clubs $75.00.  For more

                        Information contact Shirley Pierson at 222-0132.


19th     Sat.,    Krewe Les Femmes Mystique, Diamond Jacks, 6:30 PM, Tableau 8:00 PM, attire is

                        Black tie, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar, Music by “Identity Crisis”.  Tickets

                        $65.00 til January 10th, tickets after that date $75.00.  Contact

                        dianetharp1@gmail.com or call 936-0340. 


19th     Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal XXII,  “Festival of Lights” Bossier Civic Center

620 Benton Road, Bossier City, 6:30 PM to Midnight, Attire is Black Tie/formal,

Open Bar, Heavy hor d’oeurves by Ernest Orleans, Entertainment by

Lipstick Blonde, Tickets $75.00 per person.  Contact Susan Shofner 318-470-0006

Or centaurevents@gmail.com with questions.


20th     Sun.,   Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Jazz Brunch, Eldorado Casino, 11:00 AM, “Stars,

                        Guitars, and Animals from Mars”  Music by Professor Pork Chops, Cocktail Attire,

                        Admission with reservations $45 for adults and $25 for children under 12.  Tickets

                        At the door $50.  Captain, King, Queen, complimentary or their representative.


21st     Mon.,  Krewe of Harambee MLK Parade, Staging at 11:00 PM in front of the Municipal

                        Auditorium 705 Grand Street, Parade rolls at 1:00 PM.  Contact Beverly Paige at


25th     Fri.,     Krewe Des Ambassadeurs Grand Bal XII “Love is in the Air”,  Diamond Jacks

                        Crown Bal Room, Doors open at 6:30 PM, Tableau at 8:00 PM.  Attire is Black Tie,

                        Heavy Hors d’oeuvres.  Cash Bar, Much by Louisiana Crossroads.  Tickets $70.00

                        RSVP to Mahala Hutto at MHutto@unimin.com by January 9th.


26th     Sat.,    Springhill Main street Mardi Gras Parade, 1:00 PM.


26th     Sat.,    Minden Fasching Karneval Parade, 5:30 PM. 


26th     Sat.,    Krewe of Gemini Grand Bal XXIV, “Gemini Loves Television” Shreveport Convention

                        Ctr., 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM.  Attire is formal, Open Bar, Entertainment by “Souled Out”,

                        Admission is $75.00.  Contact 318-218-2865.


26th     Sat.,    Krewe of Dionysos Grand Bal, Natchitoches Events Center, 6:30PM doors open and

                        tableau at 7:30 PM.  Live Band, attire is formal, Heavy Hors d’ouevres.  Admission

                        $45.00 members and $75.00 for guests.  Contact 318-663-1172.


27th     Sun.,   Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Royal Raffle.  Petco 6596 Youree Drive, 2 PM.  Your

                        pet can be royalty at the parade.  Signup at event, registration is $10.00.  Royal Raffle

                        chances are $1.00 each.  Come and stuff the ballot box for your pet to be King or





1st        Fri.,     Krewe of Centaur Float Loading, Centaur Krewe Den 948 N. Market Street,

Shreveport, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Dress is casual, Food and Drink available to

Purchase, Music and Dancing, entrance is free to the public.  Contact Susan

Shofner at 3180470-0006 or centaurevents@gmail.com with questions.


1st        Fri.,     Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal V “5 Years of Mardi Gras Madness”, Diamond Jacks

Casino Resort, 6:30 PM to Midnights, Tableau at 7:30 PM, Attire is Black Tie

Optional.  Silent Auction, Cash Bar, Heavy Hor d’Oeuvres.  Music by “Bushrod

Jenkins”.  Purchase tickets online at Kreweofatlas.org.  Members $45.00,

Duke, Duchess, or Consorts $50.00.  General Admission is $55.00 before

January 20th, all tickets $60.00 after that date.  RSVP by January 20th at



2nd       Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Parade


3rd       Sun.,   Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade, Riverview Park across from Sci-Port.

                        Registration at 1:30 PM and parade rolls at 3:00 PM.  Cost to enter parade is $20.00.

                        “Stars, Guitars, and Animals from Mars”.  Come join the fun.


8th      Fri.,     Krewe of Highland Bal Masque, “Rebel! Rebel!”, Randall T. Moore Center,

                        Doors open at 7:00 PM tableau at 8:00 PM.  Attire is Black Tie Optional or

Costumes encouraged, masks required.  Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar. 

Entertainment by In 10City Band.  Admission is $40.00.  Contact 318-773-8349.


8th      Fri.,     Krewe of Gemini Float Loading, Gemini Krewe Den


9th      Sat.,    Krewe of Gemini Parade


9th      Sat.,    Krewe of Dionysos Parade, details TBA


9th      Sat.,    Krewe of Harambee Saada Maskhara Bal XIII, “Coming to America”.  Horseshoe

                        Riverdome,  doors open at 7:00 PM, Tableau at 8:00 PM.  Attire is Black Tie or

                        African, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar, Live Band.  Tickets $75.00.  Contact

                        Jackie White at 318-286-5878.


10th     Sun.,   Krewe of Highland Parade


12th     Tues., Krewe of Aesclepius hosts the Upstate Party, Aesclepius Krewe Den 1049 Grimmett

Drive, Shreveport, 7:00 PM, Dress is Casual or Mardi Gras festive (2nd line jackets), Food and a Cash Bar, Music, $10 at the door. The Upstate Party ends with the journey to the Bridge Closing Ceremony. Contact David Duggar at 318-747-4939 or Brandi Brooks (Krewe President) at 318-426-2772 with questions.


12th     Tues., Fat Tuesday Bridge Closing Ceremony. Join us at the middle of the Texas Street

Bridge, 12 Midnight, Dress is Casual or Mardi Gras attire (2nd line jackets). The Upstate Party ends with the journey to the Bridge Closing Ceremony. Come for the annual toasts to the end of Mardi Gras and distribution of Lenten ashes. Contact David Duggar at 318-747-4939 or Brandi Brooks (Krewe President) at 318-426-2772 with questions.





11th     Sat.,    Krewe of Harambee White Linen Wine Tasting, Randle T. Moore Ctr.  7:00 PM

                        Complimentary Wine, Cash Bar, Attire is All White, Tickets $20.00. 




3rd       Sat.,    Krewe of Artemis Coronation

10th     Sat.,    Krewe of Les Femmes Coronation

16th     Fri.,     Krewe of Justinian Coronation

17th     Sat.,    Krewe of Centaur Midway to Mardi Gras Coronation, Shreveport Riverview Hall,

                        6:30 PM to Midnight.  Contact Susan Shofner at 3180470-0006 or

                        centaurevents@gmail.com with questions.


23rd     Fri.,     Krewe Des Ambassadeurs Coronation XIII

24th     Sat.,    Krewe of Gemini Coronation




5th       Sat.,    Krewe of Atlas Coronation, details TBA






4th      Sat.,    12th Night Celebration

10th     Fri.,     Krewe of Elders Grand Bal

11th     Sat.,    Krewe of Les Femmes Mystique Grand Bal

17th     Fri.,     Krewe of Akewa Grand Bal

18th     Sat.,    Krewe of Atlas Grand Bal, Tentative Date

24th     Fri.,     Krewe of Justinian Grand Bal Tentative Date

25th     Sat.,    Krewe of Artemis Grand Bal

31st     Fri.,     Krewe Des Ambassadeurs Grand Bal XIII




8th       Sat.,    Centaur Traditional Ball Date

9th       Sun.,   Barkus & Meoux Jazz Brunch Traditional Date

15th     Sat.,    Gemini Traditional Bal Date

21th     Fri.,     Centaur Traditional Float Loading Date

22th     Sat.,    Centaur Traditional Parade Date

28th     Fri.,     Gemini Traditional Float Loading Date




1st        Sat.,    Gemini Traditional Parade Date

2nd       Sun.,   Highland Parade Traditional Date

4th       Tues.  Fat Tuesday